WASHINGTON — A Southern University high school in Texas will close because it is overcrowded, officials said Wednesday, in a setback to a project that would have been the biggest in the nation.
The U.S. Department of Education has said the school, located about 45 minutes outside Houston, would be the largest single school to be closed in the United States because of the high number of students who need to be accommodated.
The university’s president, James F. McDaniel, said the students in the school would be moved to another school in the city of Houston and the campus would be closed for at least three months to allow the school to relocate.
McDaniel said the university had made substantial progress on its plan to move students from the nearby high school to the campus, where they could live together with other students.
He said the closure of the school will affect about 1,300 students in grades 12 through 14 and is expected to cost about $300,000.
The school was expected to be the third in the country to close after Texas State University and Texas Christian University, which have combined enrollment of nearly 50,000 students each.
But McDaniel said that the school’s current capacity of about 22,000 will be reduced by 10,000 to 19,000 people in the coming months.
The announcement came as the president of the United State College Preparatory Academy in Texas said the schools plan to close.
The United States College Preparation Academy, a nonprofit educational foundation that was founded by a group of teachers, educators and administrators, said it will be closing its campus in Dallas after it was hit hard by a state-imposed budget crisis.
It said the decision to close the school was based on a decision to keep the school open despite the state’s budget crisis, which has caused millions of dollars in losses.
The organization has about 40,000 members, including about 20,000 from Texas.
The school said it had about 8,000 enrollees as of this week.